If the characters had been less annoying! The "independent" lady seemed to accept the arrogance, selfishnish and verging on violent "hero". It started..Show More » off really interesting and I thought it would be about the characters in the playhouse. I enjoyed the victorian atmosphere and particularly Carlo. I continued listening to see if the hero would get his comeuppance.
Daughter of the House continues the tale of Devil and Eliza, stage illusionists and owners of the illustrious Palmyra theatre in turn of the century L..Show More »ondon (the first part of their story can be found in The Illusionists). Daughter of the House focuses on the life of their daughter Nancy, as she grows up on the outskirts of polite society due to the family profession, sought after by men of means as a partner due to her wit and character, but never as a wife. Although Nancy's love interests are a main focus of the novel, in a similar way to The Illusionists the book seems to straddle several genres - romance, period piece, supernatural. It is the last aspect which is developed far more in this novel than the first, where Devil dismisses mediums and spirits as trickery. In this novel, Nancy is found to have the gift, and uses this to become a successful stage medium, though sometimes with tragic consequences. The novel begins with a shocking accident which impacts on events throughout the rest of the novel and threatens to cause great harm to the protagonist as those affected seek to use Nancy to reach out to their lost loved ones. Alongside these sinister events, Nancy's relationships provide the other main story strand. Although I enjoyed the novel, there was a definite feeling at the end that the story was unfinished, leaving the listener a little dissatisfied. Neither aspect of Nancy's life feels resolved, so I assume a third novel will be forthcoming!